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Samantha Kayhart » About Me

About Me

I grew up in Virginia, Texas and Maryland but have lived in Vermont since 1991 when I married my husband, Steve.  We live on a 1,000 cow dairy farm where we raised our 3 children, Alexa (26), Andrew (23) and Olivia (20). We are mostly empty nesters, but enjoy caring for our fur-family: our 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 horses. I’ve always been an animal and nature lover which has influenced my career and personal decisions. I was fortunate to work with the Bald Eagle Restoration Initiative as a volunteer to establish a breeding population of Bald Eagles here in VT (there were none at that time) and I worked as a Raptor Camp counselor at Shelburne Farms for several years, teaching 13-14 year olds about raptors (owls, hawks, eagles, falcons) with Outreach for Earth Stewardship, a rehabilitation and education organization for raptors.  When I have free time, I enjoy reading, walking or hiking with my dogs, relaxing at the beach, traveling, and spending time with friends.

At Mount Abe, I lead the Neuroscience Club where students learn about the human brain. Many club members compete in the annual VT Brain Bee sponsored by the UVM Medical Center.  Two Mount Abe students have won the event and went on to compete in the National Brain Bee in Baltimore, Maryland.  In addition, I organize and lead the Costa Rica Trip for juniors and seniors at Mount Abe.  Students who participate work with leatherback and green sea turtles, collecting scientific data, locating and relocating sea turtle nests, beach clean up, mangrove reforestation, wildlife walks, etc. Please reach out to me if you are interested in either of these opportunities.  [We travel to Costa Rica every other year.  Our next trip would have taken place in April 2021, but due to COVID-19 has been postponed.]